Retiring from the military presents a whole new set of challenges for service members between finding a second career, considering furthering education, and taking care of a family. One aspect of retirement that is often overlooked is where service members should live after the military, which can be one of the most important decisions service members make about their future.
WalletHub, a site that offers financial tools and advice, just released its annual ranking of the best and worst states for military retirees, and with it, a whole slew of findings that veterans should consider when selecting a place to live, like which ones have the best healthcare, most jobs, and most affordable housing. After all, once retired, veterans can choose where to live, instead of waiting for orders.
For instance, Republican states are more friendly to veterans than Democratic ones, according to WalletHub. Additionally, Indiana, New Hampshire, and Vermont were found to have the most job opportunities for veterans.
To determine the best and worst states for military retirement, WalletHub’s analysts compared all 50 states and Washington, D.C., across three dimensions: Economic environment, quality of life, and health care.
To get more granular, these rankings were also influenced by the size of the veteran population in each state, the number of Veterans Affairs facilities, job opportunities for veterans, and housing affordability.
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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
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Long before Tony Stark took a load of shrapnel to the chest in a distant war zone, science fiction legend Robert Heinlein gave America the most visceral description of powered armor for the warfighter of the future. Forget the spines of extra-lethal weaponry, the heads-up display, and even the augmented strength of an Iron Man suit — the real genius, Heinlein wrote in Starship Troopers, "is that you don't have to control the suit; you just wear it, like your clothes, like skin."
"Any sort of ship you have to learn to pilot; it takes a long time, a new full set of reflexes, a different and artificial way of thinking," explains Johnny Rico. "Spaceships are for acrobats who are also mathematicians. But a suit, you just wear."
First introduced in 2013, U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) purported to offer this capability as America's first stab at militarized powered armor. And while SOCOM initially promised a veritable Iron Man-style tactical armor by 2018, a Navy spokesman told Task & Purpose the much-hyped exoskeleton will likely never get off the launch pad.
"The prototype itself is not currently suitable for operation in a close combat environment," SOCOM spokesman Navy Lt. Phillip Chitty told Task & Purpose, adding that JATF-TALOS has no plans for an external demonstration this year. "There is still no intent to field the TALOS Mk 5 combat suit prototype."